The news media will dance around this for the next two weeks as if they are warming up for a slot on Dancing With The Stars. The White House can’t comment, even though they’d love to, because…
…well, because the office of the president is supposed to hold its head high when its opponents start hitting below the belt.
And our Republican friends in Congress and on the airwaves will deny until the end of time that the idea of obeying the orders of this Negro president is first on their list of political “thou shalt not” commandments.
I guess that leaves me, and other brave, sleep deprived bloggers to tell it like it is.
Number One – we have not ever had a chance of winning a war in Afghanistan without putting several million troops on the ground – troops who would be doomed to stay there for the rest of their lives, if we even had several million people who were willing to suit up in uniform.
Which means keeping McChrystal on because he is “integral to the strategy” of an operation whose only aim is to make defense contractors rich makes no sense at all in the real world outside the political Twilight Zone where constant breast beating is mandatory and flag waving is required. The Taliban don’t have to have any offensive victories – all they have to do is hold out for twelve months until we give up. They know this.
Number Two - I am convinced that the resistance to the idea of a black man running the country runs so deep in some quarters that if members of this deranged minority, whose numbers are shrinking daily, were drowning in the middle of the ocean, they would refuse a life preserver from Barack Obama.
This is what is behind all of this “take by the country” nonsense. This “Founding Fathers were infallible” bullshit. This “the government is a failure UNTIL something goes wrong and we need the feds to send us some money with no strings attached” garbage.
UCMJ article 88:
"Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct."
Which is why Rush Limbaugh can go smoke some Oxycontin. Glen Beck can keep fake vomiting his guts out on his TV show. Sarah Palin can keep reading somebody else’s prepared statements. The right wing of the Republican Party has become the wrong wing, a collection of political misfits, misanthropic TV hosts and rogue radio announcers who would feel right at home at a Three Stooges convention. Maybe one day they will make the rest of the GOP so disgusted that they will throw them all in a giant burlap bag. This gang that can't shoot their mouths off straight are a Democrats delight this election year as they sink to new lows in their always vociferous denunciations of President Obama's latest actions.
If they have any sense left, which is doubtful, they will call for McChrystal’s head. Because there is no way this guy has a leg to stand on, especially with the Republican veterans who understand and abide by the venerated military traditions that are part and parcel of the chain of command
There is no man in the Army who cannot be replaced.
McChrystal deserves nothing less than a full court martial.
But he won’t get court martialed, because gentlemen do not ram other people’s guts out when they open themselves up for attack, and if our president isn’t anything else, he is a gentleman.
It really won’t matter to the president’s sworn political enemies which way he decides, because to them, so long as he is breathing, and he is in the White House, he is in the wrong, a victim of that latest phenomena, “leading the country while black.”
To the rest of the reality based majority however, known as “the U.S. citizens who have good sense”, President Obama is just a man with a tough job, who has to deal with a hardheaded employee with no respect for his post or his commander-in-chief.
This reality based majority says “don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you, General.”